Feb. 16, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
Plans for a hotel at the former Western Beef supermarket site have been scrapped, as developers are now opting for a residential building instead.
The site at 36-20 Steinway St., where JMH Development was planning a 289-key hotel, will see a six-story rental building with 140 units, according to a spokesperson for the group.
The new building will include approximately 40,000 square feet of retail, along with parking. SCLE Architects, the Manhattan-based firm, is designing the building.
The spokesperson told the Queens Post that the plans changed over the summer due to the “oversupply of limited service hotels” in Long Island City and Manhattan. A limited service hotel is one that offers little to no services and amenities, and lacks a restaurant and banquet facilities.
The project is currently in the design phase, and construction is expected to start late summer.
The demolition of the existing one-story building, approved by the Department of Buildings in 2016 and withdrawn by the owner last summer, will take place next month.
News of Western Beef supermarket’s closing for development at the corner of Northern Boulevard and Steinway Street first came out in 2013, when the site was on the market for $17 million. The hotel was set to be dual branded, with one part opening under the Homewood Suites brand, and the other under the mid-priced Hampton Inn brand.
JMH Development is based in Brooklyn, and is most known for 184 Kent, a luxury rental building on the Williamsburg waterfront that was once a warehouse.
Thank goodness an apartment building for working people who can pay rent rather than a homeless hotel with taxpayers footing the bill. The site next to the YMCA on Qns Blvd will be a 15 story hotel as they bought the YMCA’s air rights – guess what ? that will be a homeless hotel. The site of the former VG Nichols on 37th Street that being turned into a homeless shelter. The building and entire site on the corner of 50th Avenue and 39th Street being turned into a Homeless Community Shelter. All this at the expense of the taxpayers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. When the homeless move in over the next several months Jimmy Van Bramer will claim he did not know, his office alerted only hours before the move in, while he and mayor DiBlasio take in donations from the owners, through their LLC’s and the not-for-profit Homeless service providers, the same syndicate which operates the homeless shelters throughout the city which is the same group that own the LLC’s like the Best Western and other hotels throughout the five boroughs.
The speedway gas station across Northern from this site just sold for $31 million 2 weeks ago in a bidding war.
Maybe they’ll build a full service hotel there?
Where’s the beef?
Thank goodness it won’t turn into a homeless shelter that Van Bramer won’t know anything about until afterwards.
Where do you recommend we place the homeless?
Next door to you.
If you can’t afford to live here then you need to go to a place you can afford. Most of my friends and neighbors I grew up with were basically forced out of the area because of high costs or not getting enough “value” for what you pay for. These are people you want in a community, hardworking educated devoted people unlike the entitled deadbeats who occupy these costly welfare hotels.
i bet a homeless shelter wait and see –
I prefer a homeless shelter over a jail any-day!